|a. a geometric surface, symmetrical about the three coordinate axes, whose plane sections are ellipses or circles. Standard equation: x²/a² + y²/b² + z²/c² = 1, where ±a, ±b, ±c are the intercepts on the x-, y-, and z- axes|
|b. a solid having this shape: the earth is an ellipsoid|
|ellipsoid (ĭ-lĭp'soid') Pronunciation Key
A three-dimensional geometric figure resembling a flattened sphere. Any cross section of an ellipsoid is an ellipse or circle. An ellipsoid is generated by rotating an ellipse around one of its axes.